These three fact-checkers keep candidates in line

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While fact-checkers have risen to prominence since the 2008 election cycle, Mr. Ostermeier said he thinks the next trend could be websites set up to fact-check the fact-checkers.

Mr. Adair said he thinks increased scrutiny is not a bad thing and helps to keep everyone involved on their toes.

“Fact-checking helps everybody,” he said. “I think it empowers democracy by telling voters what’s true and what’s not, and I think it holds politicians accountable for what they say.”

Mr. Kessler, Mr. Adair and FactCheck.org’s Brooks Jackson get together and talk shop every six months or so. It’s unusual that they come to different conclusions in their analyses, Mr. Kessler said.

“If we do, it causes some consternation among us,” Mr. Kessler said.

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